Last year’s Venice Film Festival event ended last night, which, in keeping with its custom, came back with a very strong film production. The tough competition was won this year by the French drama, L’Evénement.
The jury led by Bong Joon-ho distributed the awards to the best of this year’s Venice Film Festival yesterday. The diverse competition program was eventually led by Audrey Diwan’s French drama L’Evénement, which featured the Golden Lion. This film is an adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s book which is about the issue of abortion which was still considered illegal in France in the 1960s.
But apart from Diwan, Jane Campion, Paolo Sorrentino, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Pedro Almodóvar were also happy last night, because all their work brought a gift from Venice.
Jane Campion became the best director to make a complementary film again after a hiatus for 12 years. Between the dog’s paws is a tense and beautiful western that brings us (one of) the best shapes in Benedict Cumberbatch’s life.
The Silver Lion is brought to life by Paolo Sorrentino, who is once again making a timeless film after The Great Beauty and Youth. The Hand of God is about a young Neapolitan boy in the 80s. You can preview it here.
Of course, the winner was also announced among the stars of the screen: best actress Penelope Cruz became the main character in Almodóvar’s film Parallel Mothers. And the Best Actor award went to John Arcilla for his work in On The Job: The Missing 8.
The statuette for the best screenplay was taken by first-time filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal, who adapted Elena Ferrante’s Woman in the Dark into a film starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley.
Meanwhile, Michelangelo’s Frammartino Il Buco won a special award for the jury.
So this time around, science fiction giants Denis Villeneuve, The Dune, The Last Night in Soho, and Kristen Stewart, Princess Diana, are also left out.
You can read about the other awards at the Venice Film Festival below.
Best Pilgrims (by: Laurynas Bareisa)
Eric Gravel (film: The Plein Temps)
Special Jury Prize
El Gran Movimiento (right: Kiro Russo)
Laure Calamy (film: The Plein Temps)
Piseth Chhun (film: The White House)
Best Screenplay by
Ivan Ostrochovsk and Peter Kerekes (film: 107 Mothers)
Best Short Films
Los Huesos (right: Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña)
The First Imaculat Film (r: Monica Stan and George Chiper Lillemark)
Venice VR Expanded (Venice and Virtual Reality)
Grand Prix Jury for VR
Best Goliath: Playing With Reality (r: Barry Gene Murphy and May Abdalla)
Best VR Experience
Best VR Stories
Late Night (r: David Adler)
Armani Beauty Audience Award
A Blind Man Who Doesn’t Want to See the Titanic (r: Teemu Nikki)